Breakfast to me has always been one thing; eggs. I will admit though; starting my mornings at 5:30am, green smoothie at 7:00am– still allows for eggs by 10:00am!
I love, love, love now starting my morning with a nutrition dense shake that helps fuel and kickstart my day. Not to mention by 7:30am I’ve already had a cup of green leafy spinach and kale which are nutrient dense in vitamins A, C, E and K, contain an abundance of carotenoids-antioxidants which protect cells and may play roles in blocking early stages of cancer. They also contain high levels of fiber, iron, magnesium, potassium and calcium. But let’s not stop there…
My smoothie also contains half a cup of fruit which typically is high in potassium, dietary fiber, vitamin C, and folate (folic acid). Diets rich in potassium may help to maintain healthy blood pressure which is always a plus!
Next on the list that goes in is carrots; they are rich in beta–carotene, which is converted to vitamin A in the body, biotin, vitamin K, potassium as well as vitamin B6.
If you don’t love peanut butter; I am pretty sure you are not human (jokes aside) I add peanuts to my morning shakes not only for the flavor. Peanuts are abundant in niacin, folate, pantothenic acid, thiamin, riboflavin, choline, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin E and rich in minerals like magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, zinc, iron, copper, manganese and selenium – basically a superfood in my eyes, no but really I just love the taste!
If you’re not like me; and don’t find it exuberating to drink apple cider vinegar out of the bottle, I have the solution for you! (Rather my Nana brought it up the other day, and I thought; “yeah! great idea for people who don’t care for the taste.”) But anyways; a shot of Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar (BACV) goes into the smoothie which gives it a little fizzle and light and airiness to your morning shake. But why would you want to put vinegar in your smoothie you may ask; well not just any vinegar, it has to have “the mother” which are strands of proteins, enzymes, and friendly bacteria to keep your gut happy and healthy. Let’s not stop there though; it can help kill pathogens, including bad bacteria, lowers blood sugar levels and helps fight diabetes, reduced fat and promotes weight loss, lowers cholesterol, improves heart health, and many other positive attributes.
Cinnamon; more than just a spice added to pies and cookies, it is loaded with powerful antioxidants, such as polyphenols, reduces inflammation, which reduction in the body is incredibly important. It helps the body fight infections and repair tissue damage. May have beneficial effects on Neurodegenerative Diseases (Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease are two of the most common types.)
I am not dairy intolerant; because I am pretty sure cheese and Greek yogurt make up a food group for me, however: I do find it fascinating approximately 70 percent of African Americans, 90 percent of Asian Americans, 53 percent of Mexican Americans, and 74 percent of Native Americans were lactose intolerant– so I choose unsweetened Almond/Coconut milk blend for these reasons! Plus it tastes amazing to me, almond milk alone is high in Vitamin E, which is an antioxidant that fights against free radical damage. There is also 50% more calcium in fortified almond milk than dairy milk, and it is known to help aid in weight loss. Coconut milk is helpful in nourishing the digestive lining, helping to improve gut health, and well just delicious to me.
Quality protein powder; again I am not dairy intolerant so I choose Celzius Nutrition Vanilla Ice Cream flavor for my whey protein of choice; it is grass fed, sweetened with Stevia, with added amino acids (BCAA.) you can find it here: My Protein You can even use the coupon code: ELIA20 to recieve 20% off your order!
I think that sums it up for most mornings! Sometimes I will add fresh parsley, basil, cilantro, or anything else fresh I have left over, sometimes flaxseed, or chia seeds, but most mornings it is kept the same:
Rough Estimate Macros:
29g/16g/35g :: 384 calories
- 1 cup frozen organic spinach/kale mix
- 1/2 cup frozen mixed fruit (mine is strawberry, peach, mango, red grape)
- 1 scoop protein powder I use @celziusnutrition vanilla ice cream flavor
- Handful salted peanuts (1/4c)
- 1 carrot chopped up
- Ground Cinnamon
- Silk almond/coconut milk blend unsweetened
- Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar
You really can be as creative, or simple with smoothie recipes; that is what makes them so versatile, quick and easy! Just throw what you like in a blender and enjoy! (Please refrain from sticking donuts, cakes, beer, and wine in and blending – it won’t be as satisfying as you may think throwing your favorite things all together!)